1.December 3 Transcend Series: “Wrestling the Challenges of Integrity in Public Service”
We invite you to join us for another outstanding session of the award-winning SutherlandTranscend Series on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. A three-time “Best of State” winner, theTranscend Series has been enjoyed by over 300 state and local officials and community leaders across Utah. We will again welcome Dr. Quinn McKay as he facilitates, “Wrestling with the Challenges of Integrity in Public Service.” This has been among the most well-attended and frequently-repeated sessions of the Series over the past five years.
This session will be held in the Sutherland conference room located on the fifth floor of the Crane Building, 307 West 200 South, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. The cost of $40 per person includes breakfast, lunch, and a copy of Dr. McKay’s book, The Bottom Line on Integrity.
Please contact Lisa Montgomery at 801-355-1272 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space.
2.Utah Prosperity Forum Learns Benefits of Economic Gardening
At the inaugural Utah Prosperity Forum on Friday, November 14, Mark Lange, executive director of the Edward Lowe Foundation, introduced participants to an entrepreneurial-centered concept designed to help local, existing companies grow. Lange explained that “economic gardening” is a term used to help state, county, and municipal leaders, as well as local business leaders, understand that job growth is largely determined by the expansion of existing, local companies.
“The data shows that expanding companies are the linchpin for job growth,” Lange said. “This is especially true when compared to the jobs gained from opened or relocated companies. In economic development, we get caught up in trying to help three companies add 100 employees. We need to use more time trying to develop and use entrepreneur support organizations in an effort to help 100 companies to find three employees.”
According to YourEconomy.org, an online research tool designed to provide data about business activity, from 1997 to 2007 net new jobs in Utah increased by 16.24 percent. Lange pointed out that 10.6 percent of those jobs came from companies that expanded, minus jobs lost from companies that contracted. In addition, less than one percent of net job growth resulted from companies that moved to Utah (jobs gained form companies that moved in, minus those lost from companies that moved out of the state).
When it comes to economic development, the recruitment of companies typically takes center stage and grabs headlines. Lange said the performance of expanding and resident companies confirms the importance of “economic gardening.”
“We’re not saying that recruitment is wrong, but there has been an overemphasis on these activities due, in part, to competitive and political pressures,” he explained. “Balance is the key to building effective programs and strategies.”
“YourEconomy.org provides a more complete picture of net new jobs, which is a standard metric in the economic-development arena,” Lange said. “It allows you to look beyond the total numbers to see how job creating happened — or didn’t happen — and what types of companies were responsible. This is critical to developing effective economic-growth policies, allocating resources and measuring results.”
Data for YourEconomy.org is drawn from the National Establishment Time Series (NETS), a longitudinal database that tracks the performance of more than 33 million business establishments from 1990 to 2007.
Jim Giometta, coordinator for the Utah Prosperity Forum, said the event, co-sponsored by the Sutherland Institute and the Salt Lake Chamber, was a success.
“We anticipated the topic of “economic gardening” would be of interest,” he said. “Our expectations were exceeded by the attendance and overall interest in the concept. The “economic gardening” perspective obviously resonated with the audience.
“I think the entrepreneurs in attendance were educated on how and why their local city and county governments can be greater resources to help them achieve their business goals. For the officials in attendance, I believe they may have gained insights as to why and how resources under their stewardship can be combined or shifted to help their local businesses prosper.”
With the first session of the Utah Prosperity Forum considered a success, Giometta said the UPF will now focus on how best to apply the resources of the Sutherland Institute and the Salt Lake Chamber in taking next steps in the implementation of “economic gardening” principles and perspectives. He said the UPF is also in the process of planning the next Forum in February 2009.